Termination or Relinquishment of Parental Rights Lawyer Serving Denton, Lewisville, Sanger, Ponder, Carrollton, Corinth, Frisco, Flower Mound, Aubrey, Oak Point, Pilot Point, Little Elm, Lake Dallas, and The Colony, Texas.
Terminating or relinquishing parental rights is not easy – emotionally or legally. At Helene Parker & Associates, L.L.C., our skilled and compassionate Denton County attorney has significant experience helping families through this difficult process.
Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights in Texas
In certain circumstances, it will be in the best interests of the child if a parent relinquishes his or her parental rights. Termination of a parent's rights may be voluntary or involuntary. Involuntary means (1) against the parent's will or (2) without their express consent. Texas law provides a procedure for appropriate individuals to seek involuntary termination of parental rights, and there is a laundry list of grounds for involuntary termination of parental rights.
Involuntary termination is common when a parent cannot be located, when one parent seeks to raise the child on their own in order to protect the child from the other parent, and when other family members seek to adopt the child to remove the child from a dangerous or unstable living environment. Texas courts will grant involuntary termination of parental rights when a parent:
- Abandoned the child for a stated time period;
- Abandoned the pregnant mother and failed to return within a stated time period;
- Knowingly placed the child or allowed the child to be placed in dangerous surroundings;
- Engaged or continues to engage in conduct (including substance abuse) that places the child in danger;
- Failed to support the child to the parent's ability for an extended period of time;
- Is convicted of a serious crime resulting in extended incarceration;
- Is convicted of a serious crime that involves sexual abuse of a child.
In addition, if the child is placed with Child Protective Services (CPS) as a result of abuse, neglect, or illegal drug use that endangers the child, the biological parents may face involuntary termination if they fail to perform their CPS service plan in a good faith and timely manner.
At Helene Parker & Associates, L.L.C., we represent mothers, fathers, and other family members in both prosecution and defense of lawsuits for involuntary termination of parental rights. Prompt action is a priority in any case involving the wellbeing and best interest of a child, and we will work closely with you to take swift and effective action to protect your rights and the interests of your children.
Voluntary Termination (Relinquishment) of Parental Rights in Texas
Like other Texas family law matters, seeking voluntary termination of parental rights requires formal court approval.
In deciding whether to grant a voluntary termination of parental rights, Texas courts examine whether relinquishment would be in the best interests of the child. A desire not to pay child support is not a valid basis for seeking relinquishment. Valid grounds for seeking voluntary termination of parental rights in Texas include:
- Extreme disinterest in raising the child;
- Proof of non-paternity;
- Both parents agree that termination is in the child's best interest in addition to other compelling issues.
Free Consultation with a Denton County Termination of Parental Rights Lawyer
If you need to fight to retain your parental rights, or if you have decided to relinquish your parental rights, Ms. Parker can help. Contact Helene Parker & Associates, LLC today to schedule a free consultation.
We serve clients in Denton, Corinth, Little Elm, Sanger, Ponder, Cross Roads, Pilot Point, Oak Point, Frisco, Aubrey, Carrollton, Lewisville, Flower Mound, The Colony, and surrounding areas.